DENVER, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MyLifeLine.org – a Denver-based, national nonprofit connecting cancer patients and caregivers to their community of friends and family for social and emotional support – joins together this Thursday, July 16, 2015, with members Jen Garza and Britton Thomas for National #Ribboning Day, dedicated to inspiring compassion, awareness and unity for those affected by cancer.
MyLifeLine.org hosts thousands of members across the globe, each with a unique story about diagnosis, healing and recovery, processing, and progressing forward. Jen and Britton are two caregivers who independently journeyed with their spouses, who lost their battles with terminal cancer in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Jen and Britton later met through connections with MyLifeLine.org and will wed this week in picturesque Larkspur, Colo., encouraging their wedding guests to ignite the #Ribboning movement. They've asked wedding guests to post a #Ribboning photo to Instagram or give to MyLifeLine.org in support of all those in cancer's wake.
"MyLifeLine.org supported Britton and me during a very dark part of our lives, and we want to support them however we can," said Jen Garza, member of MyLifeLine.org, and executive director of Texas4000 for Cancer. "#Ribboning is our way to keep love going."
How to Join the National #Ribboning Relay
A #Ribboning Relay will be initiated on July 16 to support all those affected by cancer, raising awareness of the unique issues faced by caregivers and to develop more tools that give patients and caregivers control over the cancer journey.
Participating in the National #Ribboning Relay is easy:
- Ask someone to take a photograph: subject should stand with hands circled above head and feet shoulder-width apart
- Post the photo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest with a #Ribboning hashtag
- Create a personally meaningful caption – Who are you #Ribboning for?
- Then pass the baton – tag friends and ask that they participate by #Ribboning and sharing the baton
More Than #Ribboning
Jen and Britton want to illuminate the under-served needs of caregivers everywhere. Those interested in doing more or something different than a #Ribboning photo may consider MyLifeLine.org's IndieGoGo donation options dedicated to caregiver initiatives. Specific issues caregivers may face include:
- Fear and isolation
- Emotional distress
- Financial concerns
The emotional pain after a cancer diagnosis is shared by loved ones. MyLifeLine.org's vision is to ensure those facing cancer feel surrounded and supported. #Ribboning donations will raise awareness for MyLifeLine.org to expand geographically in addition to creating new tools for caregivers. Funds will support the following initiatives:
- Implement a mobile app to ensure users have easy, one-click access to their personal communities
- Redesign web pages providing users with a better and easier experience to update friends and family
- Add features created specifically for pediatric oncology patients and their parents
- Outreach to cancer centers and oncology providers in order to share MyLifeLine.org resource and tools with caregivers and patients
National #Ribboning Day takes place Thursday, July 16, 2015; however the #Ribboning fundraising effort will take place for 60 days, concluding September 14, 2015.
"Our hope is that anyone affected by cancer will pick up the baton and pass it on," said Marcia Donziger, chief mission officer, MyLifeLine.org. "I'm a cancer survivor and the founder of our organization, so cancer is a part of my every day. #Ribboning is a way for me to continue to serve the cancer community, make a meaningful contribution to those who feel alone in their battles, and lock arms as we provide additional tools and services to those in need."
For more information, visit MyLifeLine.org/Ribboning.
MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Denver, connects cancer patients and caregivers to their community of friends and family for social and emotional support. MyLifeLine.org provides free, online communication and stress-reducing tools that allow patients and caregivers to share their journey and focus on healing. Since 2007, MyLifeLine.org has served more than 130,000 people globally in more than 20 countries. More information is available at http://www.MyLifeLine.org.